NFL fans are sad that the first Sunday of the regular season is already over, but Week 1 also boasts two great Monday Night Football matchups, including a great divisional meeting between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins.
Both the Eagles and Redskins have faced a tumultuous offseason, but all of the hard work from the coaching staffs will make Monday’s game the perfect end to Week 1, with Mike Shanahan and Chip Kelly facing off for the first time.
This is guaranteed to be a marquee matchup, and even if you don’t have a horse in this race, there are enough underlying storylines to keep even the most casual football fans interested.
Where: FedEx Field, Landover, Md.
When: Monday, September 9 at 6:55 p.m. ET
Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass
Betting Line (via Covers): Over/Under: 52, Spread: Washington (-3.5)
Eagles Injuries: (via ESPN)
James Casey, TE, Questionable (hamstring)
Redskins Injuries: (via ESPN)
Brandon Meriweather, S, Questionable (groin/knee)
Kirk Cousins, QB, Probable (foot)
London Fletcher, LB, Probable (ankle)
Top Storyline: Robert Griffin III vs. Michael Vick
The biggest storyline heading into Monday will be the quarterback battle between second-year star Robert Griffin III and veteran Michael Vick. Both quarterbacks are facing immense pressure to win right away.
RGIII is coming off knee surgery and will see his first action since suffering the injury last season. The Redskins will be focused on how well its QB reacts to the live game action and how well his knee handles the pressure the Eagles will bring at him.
Meanwhile, Philadelphia is dealing with its own issues at signal-caller. Kelly left the quarterback competition open throughout most of the preseason and training camp, and it was Vick who won the job outright. Now it will be imperative that he translates that success on the practice field into Monday’s game.
Each team has very talented players surrounding the quarterbacks on offense (two of the best running backs in the league with Alfred Morris in Washington and LeSean McCoy in Philadelphia), but the main focus will be on the individuals under center.
The battle of the mobile quarterbacks is on!
While the focus from the fans and the media will be on the battle between starting quarterbacks, this game will be won or lost in the trenches. Both the offensive and defensive lines will have the final say in this final score.
The Eagles and Redskins have made improvements on their respective offensive lines in order to protect their top players, but there is also plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball.
With each team boasting a tough front seven looking to disrupt the pass and rushing attacks, this game will be determined by the men fighting at the line of scrimmage.
Expect a chippy divisional matchup that takes all four quarters to settle. This is the perfect game to help start the Monday Night Football season and end Week 1.
Final Score: Washington 27, Philadelphia 24